A photograph of the terraced house in Dorset Place, Hastings.

D for Dorset Place…

Another in the series of archive projects completed here at JMA, a conversion and renovation project at Dorset Place, Hastings. We were appointed to obtain planning approval for the change of use of a former cafe and guest house to a single family dwelling. After achieving planning success, we were retained to prepare working drawings and assist the client through the construction phase.

The completed project provides an impressive amount of accommodation. Four bedrooms including master suite; three reception rooms, including open plan day room, dining and kitchen and a sixty square metre cellar all amounting to 195 square metres in a house of only 4.5 metres width and two stories plus roof when viewed from the street.

The design response to the existing layouts required some deft handling, starting with the replacement of an inefficient staircase at ground floor to provide a series of reception areas, including the open plan day room, dining area and kitchen at the rear of the ground floor. At the first floor, the client wanted a master suite with ensuite but also wanted a family bathroom. We designed an incredibly compact ensuite that can be closed off to remain unobtrusive and which does not eat into the floor area of the master bedroom or reduce the size of the family bathroom.

The project demonstrated the efficacy of an engaged client and a contractor that was willing to work closely with the architect, particularly in respect of project pricing, joinery design and fabrication and overcoming issues as they arose on site.

A photograph of the entrance hall at Dorset Place showing the new stair case, designed to replicate period detailing, with a view through to the day room and kitchen at the rear of the ground floor.

A photograph of the day room and kitchen at Dorset Place.

A photograph of the master bedroom at Dorset Place showing the view from the door out of the renovated bay window.

A photograph of the master bedroom at Dorset Place showing the cleverly inserted ensuite, designed to be as discrete as possible.

A computer drawn plan of the cellar at Dorset place showing sixty square metres of accommodation, pleasantly lit by pavement lights at street side and a window at the rear.
plan at cellar
A computer drawn plan of the ground floor at Dorset Place, showing sixty five square metres of accommodation including dining room, gallery, living room and kitchen.
plan at ground floor
A computer drawn plan of the first floor at Dorset Place, showing forty two square metres of accommodation including master bedroom and ensuite, family bathroom, garden terrace and guest bedroom.
plan at first floor
A computer drawn plan of the second floor at Dorset place showing twenty five square metres of accommodation including double bedroom and single bedroom.
plan at second floor

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